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Ripe paw-paws by a paw-paw tree.
Sep 22
Indian Head, Maryland

In Search of the Edible Treats of Mattawoman Creek

Join us for a kayak exploration down this freshwater marsh in search of everything edible.
The Fitzgerald's final resting place in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery.
Sep 23
Rockville, Maryland

Remembering Literary Legend F. Scott Fitzgerald

Celebrate the famed American author's birthday by visiting his former final resting place and his current one in Rockville.
Union Station in the early 20th century.
Sep 30
Washington, D.C., District of Columbia

Hidden Union Station

With trains rumbling nearby, explore parts of D.C.'s iconic Union Station that the public rarely sees.
Join Atlas Obscura's co-founder and creative director for a night of wonder.
Oct 3
Takoma Park, Maryland

An Explorer's Guide for the World's Most Adventurous Kid

Don't miss this rare chance to meet Atlas Obscura's co-founder Dylan Thuras.
In the 50s and 60s, reporters – and spies – smoked cigars, drank whiskey and played poker at the National Press Club.
Oct 9
Washington, D.C., District of Columbia

Spies Among Us

Follow in the footsteps of secret agents who hid in plain sight.
A still from the 2001 horror film "Donnie Darko."
Oct 13
Washington, D.C., District of Columbia

D.C. Legends and Lore: Fairfax County's Bunnyman

Learn the truth behind the legend that terrified generations of area high schoolers and watch the 2001 cult classic "Donnie Darko" in an old underground trolley station.
A ghost ship peaceful on the water.
Oct 20
Nanjemoy, Maryland

In Search of the Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay

Maryland’s “Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay” is the largest concentration of shipwrecks in the Western Hemisphere. Join us by kayak as we venture through the nearly 200 vessels that lie there.
Goats Rose, Ash, and Heather.
Oct 21
Poolesville, Maryland

If You Could Talk to the Animals

Walk and talk with the critters of Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary.

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